Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The wayward blogger returns!

Lack of news or anything of interest to blog about 
caused me to skip a weekend and then I came 
down with an annoying cold (with special
thanks to my DH for sharing) that is hanging
on into it's third week now and left me with
little energy or inclination to do much of 
anything for a second weekend.
But last week I had my first week of vacation for
this year and crammed a lot of paper crafting
and talk radio listening into that time whilst
also entertaining my cold.


I have so much to write about now but want 
to try and space out the tales of my adventures
of the past two weeks so I don't overwhelm you
all at once.

A new mandala from my doodle book.
I just realized that it's showing here on
it's side but since it's a circle design
I guess that really doesn't matter ... so
.... never mind.

This bird I made out of scrap papers and my
own hand drawn design plus lovely metalic
markers and a jewel for it's eye.   It's not 
stuck to the white background you see here.
It's a free range bird that fits in my hand
(edge of palm to finger tips in length).
I had fun making her and plan to make 
more with my paper scraps.   Why?
Because it's FUN!!!!!

I made a double sided collage page
as well last week, taking a picture
from one of my old Victoria 
magazines as a start and adding 
stamping, a bit of washi tape, 
scrapbooking embelishments,
a cut up and inked paper doily
and lots of adhesive.  

On the flip side I went with a blue 
theme and used all of the same 
sorts of stuff as was used on the
pink page.

I have a large pile of Victoria 
magazines that I want to go 
through and cut apart to 
remove any articles and pictures
that appeal to me to be saved in
some form or other.   Then I'll
recycle the parts that I don't 
want ... or do more collage
with them.

I did other crafty stuff too
last week since I was housebound
with my cold and the usual 
round of nasty weather that
seems to be making up the 
majority of this never ending
winter ... and that's all I'm
going to say about the weather 
in this post!!!!!

Will show more of my crafty
stuff next post.


Last weekend was our third
annual "Girls Weekend" in
Toronto.   My friend Darlene
and I have made this a yearly
tradition that we look forward
to with great anticipation during
the dull days of mid winter.

We had tickets to a show,
and we planned to do touristy
stuff and eat out a lot during 
our two days in the big city.

Yes sir,  we were two wild
and crazy gals being footloose
and fancy free, kicking up our
heels ... and all kinds of other
inane phrases like that.

We stayed at the Eaton Chelsea hotel in the
heart of downtown Toronto.   Within walking
distance of theatres, shopping, The World's
Biggest Bookstore, restaurants etc.

Sound like a commercial, don't I?

Anyways .... our room was on the 16th
floor and we had a great deal for our
two night stay.   That's our room
above.   The beds were really

A bit of the view from our room's little balcony.
I did use the zoom lens on my camera to take
this picture of a side street next to the hotel.

Both Friday night and Saturday night
we had dinner at Swiss Chalet.  Why?
Because we love Swiss Chalet.   Great
food, great prices ... and their chicken
Spring rolls are to die for!!!!

Uh, sorry.  Another commercial.

After dinner we strolled around the
downtown and visited The World's
Biggest Bookstore which, sadly,
will be closing in March after 
close to 30 or more years in business.
Two floors of books and magazines
to browse through for as long as
you can spare the time.   I could kill
half a day in here no problem.

I came here about 30 years ago to
have my copy of Shirley Temple's
autobiography signed by the author
herself ... Shirley Temple.  That was
pretty cool.    She was a nice lady.

Ah, memories.

We admired a few  of the old buildings
that are scattered around downtown
including the Elgin & Winter Garden
threatres ... which I'll be writing more
about next time.   So stay tuned.
Okay ... no more commercial 
breaks.   I promise.

Well, except for this one.   Before
heading back to our hotel room at
the end of the night we stopped at
the Pickle Barrel for desert.

This is mine.

Frozen vanilla yogurt, whipped
cream, oreo cookies, a brownie,
chocolate sauce and a cherry on
top.   Tasty!!!!!

Then we returned to our hotel
room and rented a movie.  We'd
been wanting to see Frozen 
ever since it came out and so
when we saw it being offered on
the hotel's movies to rent site
we grabbed it.

It was fabulous!!!!!

And that'll do it for now.  
I'll be back with more of the
"Incredible adventures of
Darlene and Judy in the
BIG city" next time.


Sunday, February 09, 2014

These days my blog posts are pretty repetitive ... or
at least so it seems.   Its snowed ... again!!!   This
time it was on a Wednesday, not a Saturday, so we
had to drive to work during the full brunt of it.
I worked the full day but Phil's work sent him home 
at noon so he spent Wednesday afternoon shovelling 
the driveway ... over and over and over.   

Since we haven't had a break in the cold weather
 for a month or more the snow just keeps piling up.
At this point we're running out of places to put the 

The back yard.   Note the pile of snow on top of
the birdbath to the right of the picture.   Phil's
bench is almost buried.    We were originally
only expecting about 5 - 10 cm of snow which
wasn't worthy of much attention given the
winter that we've had so far.   HoHum!  But
the night before the storm the weather service
 suddenly decided that it would be closer to 10 - 
15 cm and we began to sit up and take notice.

We actually got 21 cm of it.

It's snowing again today (well, it has been
almost four days since the last snow fall!)
and we've been told we're only suppose to be 
getting a few cm in total.    Since it began this 
morning it's been snowing non stop although 
it's been just a fine snow and not heavy flakes.

So what to do when winter breaks your heart?
Go to Michaels!!!!

I picked up a few choice Michael's coupons in
the local paper on Thursday night (A 30 
percent off entire purchase coupon for non 
sale items and a 20 percent off of sale items 
coupon  and a 40 percent off of one item coupon) 
and then convinced DH that actually the "official"
gift to give on Valentine's Day isn't roses
(as one has been given to understand over
the years by an evil Florists conspiracy) but
is actually craft supplies!   No really, it's

So off we went!  :)   

He got me the two Martha Stewart punches to
add to my collection and ... um ... I got the

And what does one do with such bounty you
may be asking?  (Well, aren't you?)

I found an online collage/doodle class on sale
at one of my favourite art blogs and jumped 
at it. 

Here is the link 

The sale is on for another week and you
get 7 videos at around 12 minutes long
each that takes you step by step through
the process of making one of these 
doodle/collage combos.

If you're interested you can go to the Feb 
1st post for the offer which is running for 
another week.

Right side of page.   Flowers from 
scrapbook papers along with my
markers, washi tape and magazine
cut outs and old book pages.

Left side of page.    I started this
Saturday afternoon and couldn't
leave it alone so poor Phil 
didn't get much supper last night.
(Hangs head in shame)    I still
want to add a saying or something
to finish it off.

Rowyn was interested in the washi tape that
I'd mentioned before in previous posts.   Here
is my humble collection of tape.

Washi tape comes in every colour and in
an incredible array of patterns as well as
solid colours and in different widths.  It's
paper tape that can be seen through when
placed on a page to some degree.

You can use it for any kind of paper project.
Note:  washi tape is as addictive as cross 
stitch thread.

The newest rolls that I picked up yesterday.
Pretty patterns, pretty blues.

The only thing that I love more then washi tape
is scrap book paper ... and markers ... and 
punches ... and trims.

Okay, I love it all.

I'm not watching the Olympics since sports of
any sort bores me to tears.   Most of the few
TV programs that I watch are being pre-empted
for the Olympics (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
or are over for the season (Sleepy Hallow) or 
won't be back until March (Once Upon a Time).
So much for television.

I might mention that I'm really, really looking
forward to the Outlander TV series that's coming
this summer.   

I picked up this book at the second hand
book store not long ago and just 
finished reading it last week.   I'm not
really a huge Anne Murray fan music
wise but I do admire the lady and
found the book to be very interesting
and often quite funny.

Time to go make dinner.   Don't 
want to make Phil miss it two
nights in a row.   He won't
take me to Michaels again.


Sunday, February 02, 2014

Guess what?    It snowed!!!    Again!!!!


If it's snowing this must be Saturday.


The blasted groundhog saw his damn 
shadow, didn't he?


One weather system moves out (extreme
cold)  and another moves in  (snow, warmer 
temperatures, freezing rain and rain ... then
back to cold again). 


Will it ever end?????

Another big branch came off our tree.   There's
still four or six limbs dangling up there that
will probably require the attentions of a 
tree service to take them down.   Plus there is
still a huge branch skewering our Lilac tree
that will need to be cut out somehow.

However getting ahold of a tree service
these days is something of a challenge.   There
has been so much damage from the ice storm
those guys are just running from one end of
town to the other on a daily basis.   And
they will probably have to wait until Spring
arrives and the snow melts ... sometime around
the end of June I'm thinking .... to do a lot of
the more difficult, higher up limbs.

My craft project for this week.

I've been putting my ... um ... artsy photos
in one of my Smash books this week.   I had
them printed as 5 x 7 's to do this project
and I've been enjoying matting them
and placing them in the book.

I still have room for more but need to 
choose which ones I like best and get
them printed off.   Meanwhile I'm
pondering how to decorate each page.
Some I'm not doing much with but 
others, such as this spread, I'm
using Washi tape to create borders.

The afore mentioned "Green" Smash

Another spread.   Won't do much more to
this.   I love the sunset paper background
and don't want to cover it up any more
than I already have.

And I love this paper too.   So will keep
the trims to a minimum here as well.

I finished reading "The Virgin Cure"
by Ami Mckay this week.   Not a 
big book but a well written story
that takes place around 1870's and
tells the story of a young girl in
New York city names Moth.

I read Ami McKay's first book
"The Birth House" and enjoyed
it so kept an eye out for her 
next book.

More doodles.

Another one.

A Dude ... not a doodle.

Sorry.   Bad pun.    Rupert.

Happy February everyone!!!